Been dreaming of custom cabinets for the kitchen or bath, or perhaps a gorgeous Buy Kitchen Cabinets online built-in entertainment center, home office or fireplace surround? We caught up with four industry pros for expert tips on what to look for in a custom cabinetmaker, plus the lowdown on pricing structure, 3D-rendering technology and more. "Q. Why should homeowners consider going the custom route rather than buy off-the-shelf stock cabinets?
Brian Berg, Rockwood Cabinetry, Beaverton, Oregon: From a product standpoint, Buy Kitchen Cabinets online custom shops use superior materials, hardware and construction methods. You will pay a bit more, but they will stand up to wear and tear, whereas the cheaper materials and hardware used in many off-the-shelf cabinets will break down much faster. For instance, a soft-close drawer slide may work fine for the first year or so, but we’ve gone into many homes and seen the compression piston fail, which results in a faulty slide.
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Q. What about your pricing structure? Do you charge hourly, by the project or some other way?
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Berg: Potential clients should find a cabinetmaker who enjoys the process of designing and building cabinetry. Look for a cabinetmaker who asks questions up front about how you plan to use your kitchen, responds to your concerns with solutions and explains those options clearly. You’re paying for more than superior materials and hardware, but also for better service.Braam's Custom CabinetsQ. How can Buy Kitchen Cabinets online homeowners know if a cabinetmaker is well qualified? What should we be looking for?
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Berg: I would encourage homeowners to ask for referrals and ask those referrals about their experience with the cabinetmaker and how they handled any bumps in the road. Did they keep you informed and provide quick solutions? Were they honest and up-front, or [did they] try to conceal issues? This is construction, and there are almost always small hiccups along the way. How they respond to those Buy Kitchen Cabinets online bumps in the road is very important in saving you time and money. It also goes a long way in making you feel comfortable about your investment in their product. Braam's Custom CabinetsYour turn: Have you ever worked with a custom cabinetmaker? Would you like to? Share your thoughts and questions in the Comments."